Bennetts Car Parts welcomed Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland to its Welwyn Garden City head office to mark its 70th anniversary.

The business - which also has an office in Stevenage - was founded in 1954 as a small stall on St Albans market, and now serves customers across the region.

Mr McPartland met with team members, who shared their experiences, challenges and achievements as a company, as well as with customers.

The Comet: MP Stephen McPartland visits Bennetts Car Parts in Welwyn Garden CityMP Stephen McPartland visits Bennetts Car Parts in Welwyn Garden City (Image: Bennetts Car Parts)

John Bennett, of Bennetts Car Parts, said: "We are delighted to have had the opportunity to host Mr McPartland and share with him our journey of 70 years in the automotive industry.

"As a family-run business, we take pride in our roots and commitment to serving our customers with integrity and excellence.

"Having the support and recognition of our local MP further validates our efforts and inspires us to continue to innovate and grow."

Mr McPartland emphasised the importance of supporting independent businesses and praised the company for their contribution to the economy.

He said: "I am truly impressed by Bennetts Car Parts' commitment to quality, customer service, and community engagement.

"Their story is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit and determination that drives our local businesses.

"I am proud to have such a thriving and successful company in Stevenage, and I look forward to supporting their continued growth and success."